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The abbot who publicly announced to end his life by confining himself in a closed coffin since Tuesday night was taken out of the coffin this afternoon by police and monks.
Phra Khru Weruvan Chantharangsee or Luangpor Pim of Wat Weruvan in Khon San district of Chaiyaphum province appeared very exhausted after he was helped out of the coffin by police and temple officials led by Pol Maj-Gen Pinit Maneerat, the provincial police chief and the provincial chief monk.
He was later rushed to Khon San district hospital where he was diagnosed of suffering from gout and gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Mr Nopparat Benjawattana, director of the National Buddhism Office, said that the incident was unprecedented as no monks had ever tried to end their lives by this method before.
He, however, said he was afraid that the abbot’s announcement to end his life would cause public confusion.
The National Office of Buddhism is now closely monitoring a temple in Chaiyaphum province after its 65-year-old abbot has announced to leave his body in three days and told his followers to cremate his dead body tomorrow.
The abbot is now lying in a coffin guarded by followers.
Announcement by the abbot of Wat Weruwan temple in Chaiyaphum, Phra Kru Weruwn Chantharang-see, or Luang Por Pim, Tuesday night drew hundreds of followers and Buddhists to the temple to practise Dhamma and follow up the movement of the abbot.
The Medical Council of Thailand also described the announcement is a blatant act to commit suicide.
His announcement came as the World Health Organisation has declared the September 10 as World Suicide Prevention Day, in an awareness campaign to gain worldwide commitment and action to prevent the tragedy of suicide.
After preaching hundreds of followers and Buddhists flocking to the temple Tuesday night following his announcement to leave his body (die) in three days was spread, Luang Por Pim gave his last words to followers that after his death on Thursday, they cremated his body in simple way on the same day with no ceremony.
He also said after cremation his bones and ashes must be buried on a slope ground beneath a tree and beside the mortuary.
Before he left the body, he ordered that nobody be allowed to go close to the mortuary where a coffin is placed and his body will lie there.
Then he entered the mortuary while his followers sealing the area with ropes and guarding the entrance barring any people to go in.
Announcement by the abbot alarmed both local government authorities and the National Office of Buddhism which was interpreting his announcement could regarded “excessive boast” or not.
If it was considered a boast, then the abbot could violate the Buddhism law which prohibits Buddhist monks to boast of having capability to perform superstitious act.
Meanwhile local authorities are also worried if such announcement was an attempt to commit suicide.
If it is a suicide, then people surrounding him would be found guilty if they didn’t try to stop such attempt.
Authorities were sent to the temple to watch the activities but they were not allowed to go near the mortuary where the abbot is lying in the 80×100 centimetres teak wood coffin.
Authorities said the abbot had earlier announced to leave his body in three days but he did not achieve.
This was his second announcement.
The National Office of Buddhism said if the abbot’s announcement was a failure, he could be penalised appropriately. CR. THAI PBS